I went to a church event for moms once, and the instructor commented that the toddler years can also be referred to as the spanking years. Now, while I know that many people do not believe or practice spanking, in my house we do. I was raised with that type of discipline, and my husband was not. As such, we were able to discuss our chosen methods from both viewpoints before reaching a decision.
I know that this is a hot topic, and I am not going to try to make converts or press buttons with this post. All I intend to say is that regardless of what technique you chose to use when it comes to disciplining your child—and I think that children vary in what works for them—that there are periods where it feels that you do nothing but discipline. As parents of two toddlers, my husband and I comment on this quite frequently to one another.
I think that it is mostly due to the age. They are seeking to know what their boundaries are, and they are always pushing the envelope trying to find out where the line is drawn. And as a parent, when you draw that line they will step over it just to see your reaction. It can be quite maddening! I think that what the instructor was trying to say is that it will pass. It’s just a phase.
I know I’ve said it before, but one of the most important things we can do as parents is stick to our guns. We have to remain consistent, regardless of the type of discipline that we choose to implement. It is essential for our children to know where they stand. I find that with my girls they seem to like being home more than going to grandmas where they can run wild. It puzzles me, but confirms that kids want you to put limits on them and they will love you for it.